Family-of-8 live in separate houses separated by A45 after council split them up

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    A homeless family-of-eight have been placed into two separate houses divided by a dual carriageway by the local council.

    Mum Rebecca Fenner, 33, has urged the authority to place her and the family under one roof, with her and husband Yassin Amrani forced to move out of their privately rented home with their six children.

    The mum says Birmingham City Council could not find the family ample accommodation, BirminghamLive reported.

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    Instead the family have been split into two houses, with Rebecca in a one-bedroom home on the A45 Coventry Road in Yardley with four of her children, while Yassin and the remaining tow children are in a second one-bedroom home.

    Rebecca is currently having to share the kitchen with other families, with the mum pleading with the city council to reunite the family under one roof.

    The chaotic living arrangements, Rebecca says, have taken an impact on their son's suspected autism as well as her teenage daughter's upcoming GCSE exams.

    The mum-of-six said: "I've been homeless now for four months and I have six children. We had to leave the property after my landlord came back from Egypt. My nine-year-old son is on the way to being diagnosed with autism.

    "We spent two nights in Tamworth and then went to Maypole for 28 days. But as my son was banging the floor, banging the walls, screaming, having meltdowns – they didn't extend our stay."

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    ""Eventually they put me on Coventry Road. But when they moved us we were never told my family would be separated.

    "We arrived and the manager said they didn't have two rooms together, so they said there was one room here and one across the road. It's a very busy dual carriageway."

    After sending "50 emails" to the council about the separation, which leaves her two daughters home alone while their father is at work, Rebecca says she has had no response.

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    She added: "What do I do? I'm being ignored. I'm asking to be put in something which is self-contained. I hope we can move as soon as possible. They can't leave us like this. I can't switch off at the moment."

    A Birmingham city spokesperson said: "Like all councils dealing with a national housing crisis we would prefer not to have to place homeless people in temporary accommodation.

    "We have offered this family alternative accommodation, including rooms within the same building in their current accommodation as well as rooms in a purpose built homeless centre, however they have refused both offers."

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